Thursday, September 30, 2010

About Dawn, the Artist behind WoBinna: A Proud Mother's Point of View

Dawn Palfreyman, artist behind WoBinnaPhoto: Dawn Palfreyman, Artist / Illustrator
Courtesy of Dawn Palfreyman
Where do I begin to tell you about my daughter Dawn, the artist behind WoBinna? For in many ways the character WoBinna is a lot like her.

Dawn, for instance, took an early lead at being an artist. If memory serves me right, she began creating things when she was about 3 years of age, she would disappear in her room and "draw pictures for Mommy", and by six or seven she was winning prizes with her art work. The first one, I remember, was a contest with the Toronto Star, they asked for Christmas card designs. Hers was chosen over hundreds of entrants, and her card was printed in the paper, plus the Star printed up cards for her as well, which I proudly sent out to all our friends and relatives that year.

Toronto Star’s Seasons Greetings Holiday Card Design Winner, Courtesy of the artist, Dawn Palfreyman
Toronto Star’s Seasons Greetings Holiday Card Design Winner
Courtesy of Dawn Palfreyman

Having won this contest she had a yen to enter more, and at seven she did a poster for MacDonald’s, and won a wrist watch with Ronald MacDonald on it. Wish I still had a copy of it, but unfortunately I don’t. These are only two of many artistic accomplishments she had through her public and high school years, part of which were spent in the International School of Kenya.

I never did think it really was about winning anything that got Dawn’s artistic juices flowing, I think it is just something that is in her that she has to do. Whatever else is happening in Dawns’ life, always there is her art.

Dawn won a place at the Ontario College of Art, (after graduating from the International School in Kenya), she attended for two years, and then decided that she wanted to be a free spirit. What can I say, she is an artist in every sense of the word!

While she has an excellent feel for anatomy, and her water colours of scenes from Africa are wonderful, a number of which hang in my home, along with some charcoal sketches, and an amazing Acrylic of Lions, another of her real talents lies in her cartooning, her caricatures are so good: she does one of her Father that is brilliant.

Recently she decided to take a course in carpentry at George Brown College, not only did she excell in building things, but she also showed an excellent feel for drafting blueprints and design, it only seemed natural for her to find work using these talents, she is now in the employ of Wo-Built, doing work she really enjoys.

I believe her cartoon strip will continue to follow what she is doing in the construction business, and I, like many of you out there, look forward to WoBinna every week. By the way, many of these cartoons are drawn on the subway as Dawn goes back and forth to the jobs she is on.

I think that Dawn’s cartoon strip of WoBinna is an indicator of how much she is enjoying working for Wo-Built, a career that she decided to take on quite recently. Dawn is a true believer that women can do any job there is out there, and do it well. In a way renovating and design are right up her alley, and she is very happy being involved in the many facets that go into being involved in this business.

I for one am part of her fan base and very proud of her!

2010 © E. Diane Livermore

Reprinted by permission of Dawn Palfreyman

Wobinna & Friends: About Dawn, the Artist behind WoBinna: A Proud Mother's Point of View
by E. Diane Livermore

Friday, September 24, 2010

A Makeover

shed the tomboy image: makeup for recovering tomboy: comic strip: WoBinna and Friends: by Dawn Palfreyman, copyright Wo-Built Inc.Comic Strip: WoBinna and Friends: A Makeover
Illustrations and story by Dawn Palfreyman
Copyright 2010 © Wo-Built Inc.

It's a new year and grade 12 at that, so WoBinna has decided it's time to shed the tomboy image and start looking the part of young lady that she is now becoming.

Panel 1

The girls have gone to the mall to spend some of their well earned summer job money, and this time round it's a special trip.

WoBinna (all excited): Girls! I need a new look. A new year, a totally new me!!! Any ideas?

Micki (brimming with enthusiasm): There’s lots we can do!! Awesome!!! Can't wait to help!!

Alex (also piping in with vigor): I'm getting another piercing. I'll be happy to introduce u to that world!!

Panel 2

Lots of activity ensues as the girls have got Wobinna doing all kinds of things. There's new clothes, hair and makeup and even a few ear piercings!!

WoBinna (looking for approval from her BFFs): What do you think?

Micki & Alex (shocked and amazed shout in unison): WOW!!

Panel 3

Finally getting home after a fab day at the Mall WoBinna shows her new look off to Mom and Dad.

WoBinna (hoping for a good reaction): Mom, Dad... What do you think?

Mom (almost falling off the couch): Wow, WoBinna! Not my little tomboy anymore!! Love the streaks!

Dad (in awe at how grown up WoBinna looks): Is this really my little girl?!! You look beautiful!!!

Wobinna & Friends: A Makeover

Saturday, September 18, 2010

A Star Is Built

A strip dedicated to the joy of diversity available in T.O. during the Toronto International Film Festival. I think we would all learn a little by taking in a film or two at this festival as it includes a variety of different outlooks on life and culture through international cinema. We could all benefit by being more compassionate of the differences between us all and this could be a little way to start you thinking about it.

Comic Strip: WoBinna and Friends: A Star Is Built
Illustrations and story by Dawn Palfreyman
Copyright 2010 © Wo-Built Inc.

Panel 1

The girls are on a three way phone call on a Saturday morning talking about what they are maybe going to do on the up-coming weekend.

WoBinna (has an idea while sipping a cup of coffee, asking about an outing they could go to): "Hey guys, what do you think about checking out the film festival?"

Micki (multi-tasking on the computer and cell phone): "That would be cool! I'd love to see some of the stars that are in town!!"

Alex (another multi-tasker, walking the dog and chatting): "Sic! When do you want to go? I think my Dad could get us tickets!!"

Panel 2

WoBinna gets up to go to the front as she hears someone knocking and Mom and Dad are sleeping in.

WoBinna (curious who would be at the door Saturday morning she shuffles half awake to the door): "Hold on, someone's at the door."

Two men (dressed rather cool with a pleased look on their faces): "Hi, we're with a film crew. We saw your dollhouse in the yard & would love to use it as a prop.”

WoBinna (outrageously excited): "FOR A MOVIE!!"

Cell phone (dropping to the floor with voices on the other end: (you there?)

Panel 3

After talking to the movie guys and telling them she'll talk to her parents she takes their card and closes the door. The being as quiet as possible so she doesn't wake her brother or parents she does her happy dance!!

WoBinna (really over-joeys now): "Oooh!! Hoo!!"

WoBinna (just talking about going to see the stars and realizes something): "I Built A Star!!! Hee Hee!! Woot! Woot! Yaaaaa!!"

Wobinna & Friends: A Star Is Built

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

A New School Year, A New Friend

Comic Strip: Wobinna and Friends, Illustrations by Dawn Palfreyman for Wo-Built Inc.Comic Strip: Wobinna and Friends: A New School Year, A New Friend
Illustrations and story by Dawn Palfreyman
Copyright 2010 © Wo-Built Inc.

The new school year has only just begun.

Panel 1

Wobinna is on a construction site hauling a piece of lumber when she spots an interesting newcomer looking at her and the construction site with interest and excitement. Immediately her curiosity is up and she introduces herself to the new girl. Alex, the newcomer, is working at the intersection as a cross guard for the summer but will be starting at the same school that Wobinna is attending. She is quite intrigued by the sight of a girl wearing a hardhat and toolbelt and generally fitting in at the construction site as building is something she likes as well.

Wobinna (cheerfully): Hello. I haven't seen you around before. Did you just move to town?

Alex (with a friendly smile): Ya, Hi! Gonna be going to Main St. High for Gr. 12.

Site Worker (shouting in the background): BINNA

Panel 2

Alex and Wobinna are having a lunch break and have met up again. While munching on sandwiches at the site, they chat about the upcoming school year.

Wobinna (delighted with her new friend): That's great! I'm a senior there this year too! I'll introduce you around!

Alex (sandwich in hand responding enthusiastically): FAB!! Can't wait! Looking forward to my classes this year. My name is Alex by the way.

Panel 3

The two girls meet up again after their shifts are over and walk home together still chatting about school. They are excited to discover that they both have an interest is in building and the trades.

Wobinna (finally remembering to introduce herself): I'm Wobinna. My best friend and I are into the trades too. Maybe we could be the trades trio!

Alex (still with enthusiasm): Your school has lots of trades courses, I love that!! I'm not much of a girlie girl!!